Letter from our Chiefs
Our 2021-2022 Chief Residents
Administrative Chiefs: Alexandra Digenakis and Byron Parker
Academic Chief: Andrew Petrilli and Timothy Wetzel
On behalf of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill we would like to invite you to get to know us better and welcome you to the field of EM. We are honored your search has brought you here. We are proud of our program and are equally excited about what each year brings.
UNC EM residency was founded in 1996 by Dr. Tintinalli and offers the perfect blend of tertiary care academic training at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, as well as a state-of-the-art private community setting at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh. Both facilities are Level One Trauma Centers and attract exceptional educators across all fields. This combination of academic and community exposure as well as regular experiences at smaller affiliated hospitals provides a unique experience that prepares our residents for practice in any setting. An integrated pediatric experience through the WakeMed Children’s ED exposes our residents to high acuity across all seasons led by an impressive, veteran faculty with a commitment to teaching.
Our curriculum is as diverse as the settings we work in and integrates simulation at the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning. As ultrasound comes to the forefront of EM, we offer early exposure during intern year for skill development with the opportunity for credentialing upon graduation. We stay abreast of the literature through interactive journal clubs and integrate the ever popular podcasts into our learning, whether through listening or producing them. There are endless opportunities for innovation, research and practice development with a faculty that provides tremendous support.
Much in the vein of EM, we work hard and play hard in a state that has everything you could imagine from the beautiful and historic Outer Banks to one of the most majestic stretches of the Appalachian Trail. Family is important to us and we regularly have resident families at our events, academic or otherwise. This culminates in our yearly beach retreat where we review the residency, make resident driven changes and enjoy each other’s company.
We are excited for all of you as you begin the next step of your careers. We look forward to meeting you in person and hope you fall in love with this place as quickly as we did on our interview days. Take advantage of the information on our website, get to know our family and we hope that we will be the right fit for you!
Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time if we can be of assistance during the residency interview process. Welcome to UNC!
-UNC Emergency Medicine Resident Chiefs